Math Musings: An Adult Numeracy Blog
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How to Open Up Word Problems (and promote digital literacy, too!)
by Heidi Schuler-Jones In today’s classroom, we know that it is not enough to simply teach math content and skills. Students also need to develop facility with technology tools. Using a traditional word problem as a starting point, here are some ideas for doing so. First, think about ways to ‘open up’ a word problem: … Continue reading How to Open Up Word Problems (and promote digital literacy, too!)
What the Pandemic Has Taught Me to Value
by Melissa Braaten Then, of course, COVID hit and I was left sitting in my kitchen and wondering how on earth I was going to continue to teach math without any of the tools and skills I have come to rely on. If you asked me previously about remote learning for math in adult education, … Continue reading What the Pandemic Has Taught Me to Value
Adult Numeracy Center Mission
Creating engaging mathematics learning experiences has long been a focus of TERC’s work. Numeracy, the ability to manage the quantitative demands of a situation, to solve problems in real contexts, is at the heart of much that adults need to do. The Adult Numeracy Center at TERC helps adults and young adults understand how math is present and relevant in everyday life, and how they can use this knowledge to improve their lives and communities.
The National Research Council’s definition of math proficiency guides our work with learners, teachers, directors, and professional development providers. Together with state and city partners we build capacity to offer high quality math instruction in adult learning centers, schools, community colleges, and informal settings. We work in concert with informal educators such as environmental organizers to design materials that foster science and math learning.
SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
The Adult Numeracy Center at TERC is also home to the SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum & Instruction PD Center. SABES (System for Adult Basic Education Support) promotes high quality adult basic education services in Massachusetts through training, support, and resources that improve the skills and knowledge of practitioners and strengthen programs.Visit our Math Center page on the main SABES site.
We heard your requests for video tutorials! Check out the first, Identifying Lesson Content, to learn about one way to quickly locate math content within the lessons in any of the seven EMPower / EMPower Plus book titles. More videos are in the works, but we welcome suggestions for other EMPower topics of interest to you. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connecting math to other academic disciplines
We often forget that disciplines like history, social studies, civics, and science all have natural overlaps with math. Here's a (growing!) list of some online resources and supporting math activities we recommend!
CALM (Curriculum for Adults Learning Math)
Massachusetts programs are getting CALM. Learn more about it here.